Kazakh chess players reveal secret to their success at FIDE World Women’s Team Championship 2023

Team spirit and unity are the key factors behind the phenomenal success of Kazakh chess players at the FIDE World Women’s Team Championship 2023 in Poland, where the national team won a silver medal. This achievement is attributed to the particular attention the state currently provides to this sport, as highlighted by the athletes themselves. Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev congratulated the national team on their triumphant performance. The main point emphasized by the Head of State is that this achievement will give a powerful impetus to the popularization of chess among the younger generation. It bears noting that prior to such remarkable results at the World Women’s Team Championship, the Kazakh team had not advanced beyond the quarter-finals at the tournament, which has been held since 2007. A total of 12 teams competed for victory. In the final, the Kazakh chess players lost against the national team of Georgia, while the bronze went to the French athletes. It is worth noting that the national team in Bydgoszcz, Poland consisted of Bibisara Assaubayeva, Xeniya Balabayeva, Assel Serikbay, Meruert Kamalidenova, Amina Kairbekova and Alua Nurmanova.

“In our team, we shared warm and friendly bonds. Every day, we supported each other, went for walks, and engaged in conversations. Bibisara, Meruert and all our teammates played a significant role in our success. The most challenging moment was our match against France, as we lost the first game and needed to win the second one to play a tiebreaker. Eventually, we won over the French team with a 4-0 score in blitz,” Alua Nurmanova, member of Kazakhstan’s chess team, shared.